Worldwide, children with disabilities can face major difficulties in gaining educational resources to aid in their learning. In some countries, there may also be difficulties for children to gain access to the educational resources they need. In cases such as these, a greater public awareness of the issues can lead to more help for and better outcomes.
An upcoming campaign by the National Union of Teachers and the Global Campaign for Education will focus on spreading awareness of child deafness. The campaign competition is called Send My Friend (Send My Friend to School), and will select two British students to travel to Kenya as ambassadors, where they will learn about projects run by Deaf Child Worldwide, which is an extension of the National Deaf Children’s Society.
The student winners of the competition will be accompanied by the Guardian, which reports in their news article that deaf children often need tools to learning such as hearing aids and specialist resources, in addition to teacher training and appropriate class size, and that disability affects 1 in 3 of 59 million children who are excluded from education worldwide. After the students return from Kenya, they will help spread awareness by sharing the knowledge they gained from their experience with peers and individuals in position to make decisions.
The 2016 Send My Friend competition is not the first. Last March, two students and their teacher from a school in Cardiff traveled to Ghana to visit children living in remote areas where they were not attending school. Through the visit, which was also accompanied by partners in Ghana and ActionAid, the students were able to discuss and learn about the reasons the children were not in school and how to potentially address them.
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